|News From Around Our Churches - August 7, 2013|
News From Around Our Churches - August 7, 2013Back|
Appalachian Regional Family Camp happened during the week of July 28 – August 1 at the Blowing Rock Campground. Attendance was at capacity with more than 20 in the kid’s program, led by Meredith Broadway and Angel Hutcheson, and nine in the teen program, led by Travis Hutcheson. The directors for the week were Todd and Jennifer Sherwood; Bible teacher was Matt Broadway; evening speaker was Daniel McGee; seminar leader was Pam Buchanan; crafts for both teens and adults were led by Edith Carter; registrar was Candy Hall; and music was led by Rob Buchanan. The theme for this amazing week was “Yield to God” (pictures include the cooks for the week, the group shot in the chapel and the kid’s program).
The Appalachian Regional WHFMS meeting was held on August 2, at the Blowing Rock, N.C., Campground with Director of World Outreach Jeff Walsh as the speaker. Pictured is the installation of the Regional Officers for 2013-2014 by Janet Dubois (pictured above, right, from L to R – Secretary Shirley Ross, Vice-President Linda Spooner, and President Karen Hall. Missing was Treasurer Sandy Duncan. Pictured right are all four of the WHFMS conference presidents, from left to right – W.Va. Conference, Naomi Rucker; Piedmont Conference, Candy Hall; Virginia Conference, Bonnie Nicely; and Pocahontas Conference, Beulah Myers. The outgoing officers were honored for their service - outgoing secretary Frieda Meade who served one year and outgoing treasurer Linda Spooner, along with her assistant, Karen Wilson, who served for four years.
AGAPE HOUSE MINISTRIES - Japan
During June, most of involvements were in Koga Agape House where Rowena does the preaching and Bible study leading every Sunday. Erwin and Rodel take turns in leading the worship. Some other activities during the week are follow-up calls and e-mails of some brethren in Japan and around the world.
Agape House Chihaya held its homeless feeding on June 15 and the beach/sports outing on June 30. There was a joint celebration for Father’s Day with the fathers in Chihaya and Koga Agape Houses (pictured above, right). On June 29, Rowena spent time with her ladies’ group (Juliet, Nerma and Sachiko, picture below, left). They had a Bible study, ate lunch together and went out afterwards.
The Cabrizos went to Osaka on June 20 – 22 to apply for baby Zar’s passport and to be with Yuki and his group (Agape House Osaka - pictured above, right). On the evening of June 21, they joined with him in his volunteer work at one of the community centers near his place. It was one of his strategies to connect with some foreigners and fellow Japanese and eventually reach out to them for Jesus. Indeed, what he’s doing is love in action. He said, “We don’t just read the Bible, but must do what it says. We have to be with the people.”
Rowena continues with the Wednesday meeting and fellowship with the Yano’s, Julius and Rodel for this month. On one of the Thursdays, they joined with Julius in going to Kyushu University Itoh Campus to have a Bible study with the foreign students. There are two new foreign students added (one from Nigeria and one from Indonesia).
On Sundays, Rowena goes to Agape House Chihaya in the morning before going to Koga Agape House to preach. Erwin is involved in the worship team. He either leads worship or plays the piano in worship. On July 7, Rowena and Erwin went to Kitakyushu Agape House; Rowena delivered the Word while Erwin led the praise and worship. It was a great time of fellowship with their brethren there.
"After the worship service, we had teatime with the group for 30 minutes. Then we headed to Koga Agape House to catch the farewell party for Morris (leaving on the 12thof this month) and Yuichi (leaving on the 22nd of this month - pictured above, left). Morris is one of those who desires to go to Bible school.
"On July 14, we had beach outing with our brethren from Koga Agape House after the worship service. It was also the time that we held water baptism for five of the ladies (pictured above, right). These ladies were from their Bible study, which is held after our worship services. Of course, it was the Lord’s mighty moving and God’s amazing love that made them decide to believe in the Lord Jesus, accept him as their Lord and Savior and commit for water baptism. To God be the glory!"
On July 20, Rowena spent time with two Japanese ladies; one is already a Christian and the other is not yet. On July 21, they had homeless feeding after the Koga Agape House Worship service and Bible study.
Rowena thanks the Lord that her mother was able to visit Japan during the delivery of Baby Zar. She arrived in April and returned to the Philippines on July 19. She was accompanied by her sister (Rowena’s aunt Cora). On July 20, Erwin and Shori returned to the Philippines. For Shori, it was her summer break and she likes to spend it in the Philippines. For Erwin, he needed to oversee Agape House ministry there and to hold some meetings. They will be back in Japan by the last week of August.
Rowena writes, "My U.S. visa expired on July 15 and so I filed an application together with baby Zar’s. I am scheduled for an interview on September 5 at the U.S. Embassy in Osaka. Then we will spend time with Yuki’s group, Yumi’s (Rowena’s mentor) and whomever the Lord will cause us to meet there."
AGAPE HOUSE MINISTRIES - Philippines
In June, the two interns from Oro Bible College arrived in Mati to join with the ministry there for one semester. Their names are Jeffrey (male) and Lovely (female).
Agape Orphanage – Last month, another child was added at the orphanage; a one-year-old boy.
Ministry in Davao – Chipay and Rochan continue to pursue social works. They hold once-a-week Bible study among their classmates at their university. They have reached a point of longing for a worship service. Hence, when Erwin and Shori arrived on July 21, they began their first worship service. It was indeed a splendid night.
Agape House Ministries of Pujada, Inc. (AHMPI) in Mati – still continues their usual activities at the Agape Orphanage, Sunday School Extension, feeding, schooling of the Orphanage Kids, Christian Academy in Davao oriental (CANDOR) ministry, the AHMPI Book Club, outreach church, in-house youth ministry, devotions and prayers, the Timothy group and a lot more. Rowena keeps in touch with them through calls and on-line.
AGAPE HOUSE MINISTRIES - Australia
Rowena recently received a postal mail from Sarah in Australia. She’s very well and busy with her work, church activities and various social events. Their core group is still going strong. Their group has been given a chance to minister, twice each term, to a group of young people with disabilities. It’s a special time for them, and they have been able to form a strong connection with these young people. (Erwin and Rowena Cabrizos, Directors of Agape House Ministries Worldwide)
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Our Democratic Republic of Congo Conference President Bertin Mwanya’s mother fell asleep on Friday, August 2, 2013. She had been ill for a long time. Please remember his family and especially his father before the Lord that they will feel the Lord’s comfort and peace upon them.
Discipleship Training Program
On the evening of Sunday, July 21, the convocation for the 2012 - 2013 (4th) session of the Advent Christian Discipleship Training Program was held at the Captain James Spence Memorial Hall at the Advent Christian Conference compound at Velachery, Chennai. A large gathering of families and friends of the graduates attended.
This training program is for lay members of the churches of the Advent Christian Conference of India and the Fellowship of Blessed Hope Churches. It consists of approximately 32 weekly lectures taught mainly by pastors from the two conferences, with assistance from a few visiting pastors and covers a wide range of biblical, theological and practical subjects. It is designed to give lay people a broad overview and understanding of Scripture and practical matters involved in serving their Lord. The program is funded by Yesuway Jeevan Mission (YJM) and Mission Manager Immanuel attended the convocation representing the Mission (pictured below, left).
This year’s convocation saw 13 of the 14 students who graduated (pictured above, right) receive their certificates, and those who gained the top three places in the end of year examinations also received prizes of appropriate spiritual books. All those who had been willing to teach also received books.
Christ Special High School for the Physically Challenged at Sankarapuram
When Asia / Pacific Area Director Jeff Vann and Asia Team Leader Ernie Schache visited this YJM partner in February of this year, they were preparing to drill a bore-well on a piece of land, which they had purchased next door to their property.
This project has been completed and the school now has a supply of good quality water for the approximately 100 resident students at the school and for the staff who cares for them.
The bore was drilled to 137 meters (450 feet) to get to a source of an ample supply of good quality, fresh water. The pump was a fully submersible pump, which was fitted to the end of a 137 meter length of flexible pipe with the appropriate electrical cable, and with the help of some of the boys from the school this was lowered into the hole that had been drilled. (Ernie Schache, Asia Team Leader)